How to OWN any Linux box otherwise known as “A Cry for HELP”

Although Linux is known for its security amongst other things it seems to be frighteningly easy to reset the Root password thereby giving you complete access to ALL the files of ANY user on the system, this seems like a major oversight that should have been locked down a long time ago or perhaps i’m missing something if anybody can enlighten me. I realise you could remove the Shutdown/Restart options from a desktop or BIOS lock a computer but surely there must be another way, at least in Windows you have to reboot with a LIVE CD to reset the Administrator password.
Please feel free to share any ideas on this subject.
It was the excellent gHacks website that reminded me of this, you can read more here How To Reset the Root Password in Linux


So the Internet went off – Or what to do with a SWEEX wireless router

So the Internet went off, don’t know what happened but all of a sudden I couldn’t connect any more.

Firstly I could no longer obtain an IP address from the router and then I was unable to connect to a network and finally the network disappeared from view completely.
I,m Using a LW050 wireless router and Edimax Detector with the Zydas chipset. The Zydas chipset seems to be supported out the box by most Linux distributions nowadays but I still tried my Belkin USB device with I think the Realtek chipset. I was still unable to find the wireless network. I decided to check if the router was at fault because i’ve been having trouble resetting it although it seems the trick is to unplug the power from the router and then whilst holding the reset button in plug the power back in again. Anyway I plugged my old SWEEX wireless ADSL router in and used it as a wireless access point, i’ve put a lead from the LAN on the old SWEEX to the LAN on the LW050 and turned off DHCP in the old SWEEX. Now everything is fine but the weird thing is the original wireless network now showing again even though I switched off the radio broadcasting on the LW050.

I’ve been working on a friends SONY VAIO PCV V1/G and it’s reminded me hoe all in one ideas are great as long as when something goes wrong, I can still take it apart and fix/rebuild it. The VAIO boots displays the BIOS, checks the drives and then stalls. Apparently it stated doing it occasionally but would boot OK if power was cycled. So i’m thinking BIOS reset to default settings and everything will be OK, but no, so I think a BIOS reset on the motherboard and perhaps a change of memory from the Infineon. Changing the memory could have been harder I suppose, remove 2 screws from the side and lift the back panel. Inside underneath a metal cover are the 2 memory slots. However gaining further access to the VAIO proved pretty impossible “Jobs Tucked” as my mate Aiden would say.
So this got me thinking about FREE as in FREEDOM a concept you may be familiar with when referring to software also known as Open Source. Now I listened to a bit of a radio interview with Richard Stallman by a company producing FREE BEER ! now the funny thing was this Beer was FREE as in FREEDOM but not as in FREE BEER and as I listen to the likes of Richard Stallman I realise his idea of a FREE and OPEN society is a good one and company’s like SONY could learn a lesson from these ideas. Basically there is no help and support available for SONY VAIO’s unless sending it back to SONY and paying a lot of money counts as help and support. Consequently there are a lot of very disappointed and angry customers and PC technicians who are stuck with very expensive door stops. This of course could all be avoided if SONY were a bit more OPEN about the products they sell. If they are worried about new innovations because of there openness it hasn’t hindered the big players in the Linux field and has certainly helped with new ideas and bug fixes something Sony need to address with the VAIO PCV V1/G as reading the forums suggests i,m not the only one with the exact same fault.

Linux distros to check out at the mo are:
The new Linux Mint 6 Beta, Fedora 9, the new Wifiway and a distribution called Looking Glass. Subscribe to my RSS feed to keep up with the latest info.